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Most health studies explore how exercise benefits the body. By contrast, neuroscientist and fitness instructor Wendy Suzuki explains how exercise benefits the brain. getAbstract recommends this upbeat talk, which ends with Suzuki leading the audience in a brief workout, to science buffs and anyone seeking a long, happy and healthy life.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How exercise boosts brain function and guards against neurodegenerative diseases, and
  • How much exercise you need to reap the protective benefits.

About the Speaker

Wendy Suzuki is a professor of neural science and psychology at New York University.



Better mood, improved focus, and protection against conditions like depression, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are simply a matter of exercise. Working out has both immediate and lifelong benefits. In the human brain, two structures are relevant to exercise research. The prefrontal cortex controls decision making, focus and personality. The temporal lobes on the left and right sides of the brain each hold a hippocampus, which allows you to form and keep long-term memories, like your first kiss or the birth of a baby.

Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki once studied how the hippocampus cells behaved while forming memories. But then a remarkable, personally relevant finding changed&#...

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